What Is Cosmetic?

Cosmetic by their intended use are defined as articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkle or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance. They are equally defined as any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the various external part of the human body (epidermis hair system, nail, lips, and external genital organs) with the teeth and the mucus membrane of the oral cavity with a few exclusively or mainly to many them performing them changing their appearance and or correcting body odor or protecting them or keeping them in good condition. The above definition gives us a picture of the living things that can be regarded as cosmetics ranging from toothpaste, body and hair creams, powders, lip gloss and lipstick, shampoo, perfumes, nail polish, and many others.

Attractive but Deadly!

The skin covers the body and acts as a physical barrier to many of the pollutants in the atmosphere. When cosmetics are used on the skin, the ingredients in this product come into direct contact with the skin and absorbed into the blood. The tricky part of the game is that manufacturers list ingredients in terms that the average consumer could not decode; and they usually list the ingredients another of their percentage composition; highest to lowest. However, some components of the cosmetics (e.g heavy metals like lead) are not listed because they are regarded as "ingredients" but "contaminants" which are introduced during the manufacturing process.

 When these ingredients make their way into the body, they continue to accumulate over time before their adverse effects become noticeable. Some of these ingredients I've been discovered to Tampa with the developments of babies in the womb. In recent times, lots of public campaigns have been staged on the importance of switching from synthetics chemical cosmetic ingredients to natural ones, but producer simply had a little bit of natural stuffs and the rest is still grossly synthetics. However, consumers are advised to go for natural options more often than the chemical synthetics one.

Major components of cosmetics based on their purpose and corresponding natural options

1.  Emollients

 Emollients and also call moisturizers to serve two functions; help make the outer layer of the skin soft and protect the skin. What is the best emollient, but it does not work well for product because it evaporates quickly.

Natural emollient: actually nourish the skin. Tia recognize and metabolize by the skin home enzymes and absorb them into the skin. Some examples of plant oils eg avocado, rosehip, Shea, cocoa and jojoba butter.

Synthetics emollients: are occlusive, many the coat the skin and do not allow it to "Breathe", which can cause skin irritation. Some synthetics emollients I've been proven to accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes of the body. Some example of synthetic emollient are PEG compounds, as in PEG-45; synthetics alcohols, as in anything that contains the phrase Benzyl-, butyl-, Cetearyl-, cetyl-, isopropyl-, myristyl propyl-, propylene-, or stearyl-); hydrocarbons as in mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin; Silicone oils as in dimethicone, Cyclomethicone and copolyol.

2. Humectants
  They help to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. The main purpose of a skin cream is to keep the scheme must and that function is served by the products humectants.

 Some example of natural Humicants;
They are phospholipids from Lecithin, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) and Glycerin.
Some examples of synthetic Humectants; 
They are propylene Glylo, Ethylene/Diethylene Glycol, PEG compounds (e.g polyethylene Glycol) and synthetic alcohols (e.g Glyceryl chocolate, Hydroxystearate, Myristate, Oleate)

 Emulsifiersblend and go together ingredients that don't normally mix. And Emulsifier can be a physical substance like wax or any physical action like shake well before use.

Natural Emulsifiers 
They are obtained from various nuts, berries, and leaves. Some natural Emulsifiers are plants waxes (e.g candelilla, carnauba, jojoba, rice bran) , Xanthan Gum and Quince seed

Synthetic Emulsifiers
They're usually petroleum/hydrocarbon derivatives. Some examples of synthetics emulsifier alkoxylate Amide (e.g TEA, DEA, MEA, MIPA compounds), PEG compounds, sorbitan stearate, Laurate, Palmitate, Oleate, Ceresin, Silicone, isopropyl stearate.

3. Surfactants

 surface-active-agents and substance capable of dissolving oil and holding dirt suspension so it can be rinsed away with water. They are using skin cleansers and shampoos.

Natural surfactants 
They are basically natural saponins (foaming agents). Their superior surfactant choice for shampoos and body wash as the gently clean the year and skip without stripping the natural oil. Some examples of natural surfactants are castile soap yucca extract, Soapwort, and Quillaja Bark Extract.
Most synthetic surfactants are inexpensively produced, excessively harsh, striping and irritating to skin and scalp. Another serious problem with ethoxylated surfactants (those utilize Ethylene or propylene oxide in the chemical reaction) is that the contaminated with other substances to form cancer-causing compounds. These surfactants unlisted only been passed ingredients heading with -eth, (like Laureth) all containing the phrase PEG (polyethylene glycol), or PPG (polypropylene glycol). Another potential unsafe class of synthetics Surfactants are Amides. These are listed on the label containing the term TEA - Triethanolamine, DEA - DiEthanolAmine, and MEA - MonoEthanolAmine. 

4. Preservatives 
 preservatives are used to protect products from bacteria and mold and giving them a longer shelf life. In all matter, the decaying process it's natural and will eventually occur with or without preservative of any kind. Skincare products do not and should not last forever.
 Some examples of natural preservatives Tea Tree Essential oil, Thyme Essential oil, Grapefruit seed Extract and Bitter orange Extract.
Synthetic chemical preservatives: toxics by nature since it's there chemical purpose to kill bacteria and mold for years and years. Some examples of synthetic preservatives are; Hydantoin (also contains formaldehyde), Methyl, Propyl, Butyl- and Ethyl parabens, Benzalkonium Chloride, chloromethylisothiazolinone and isothiazolinone. 

The following are some negative effects of excessive use of cosmetic and makeup

1. Increase in the chance of getting cancer

 The majority of chemical cosmetics available in the market today contain toxic ingredients that can cause multiple kinds of cancer; ranging from breast cancer to skin cancer and blood cancer. Fragrances contain Phthalates, synthetic and shampoos and deodorant sprays and nail polish contaminated with benzene, in particular, can be The causes of the worst kinds of cancer. And the worst part is, people at least suspect them to be the cause of their health troubles until is too late.

2. Breathing Disorders

Salicylate and lead-containing lipsticks can lead to breathing difficulties that are similar to asthmatic attacks. powder and some fragrances I've been largely associated with breathing disorder; even the harmless bubble baths and be a potential cause of respiratory disorder.

3. Damage of reproductive system

 The allergy-causing parabens present in cosmetics have been proven by medical research to be toxics to the reproductive cell. Butyl parabens in a particular was linked to DNA damage. Skincare products and deodorants have been linked to some very complicated reproductive irregularities, which could lead to infertility.

4. Skin decoloration

  A number of cosmetics like cream, skin tones, sunscreen, and blusher can have bleaching and or darkening effects on skin, especially if the product is of inferior quality. Poor quality Cosmetics, when used without regulation, can lead to marked discoloration of the skin, including patches, redness, brown or gray pigmentation, blotches, and unevenness.

5. Depression

 Numerous studies link cosmetic use with depression and mood swings. They claim that women who tend to wear heavy makeup including foundation, tonner, lipstick, blusher and dark mascara tend to feel more gloomy and depressed more often than those who use minimal or no make-up.

6. Headache

 There is a scientifically proven relationship between the chemical in your beauty products and headache. Thick coat of makeup, especially on the face and forehead increase the chance of migraine attacks which may even lead to dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Harsh chemicals interfere with the skin and underlying muscle, triggering headache, weakness, and fatigue


 It obvious that we might not be able to totally do away with cosmetics, but it is important for us to the following
1.Minimize their use
2.Stick more to natural options
3. Eat well
4.Drink plenty of water and;
5.Wash the cosmetics before going to bed at night